Archive | September 2013

Junior High Study Hall

While COGITATING what I should blog, words and numbers kept coming to mind.  Just last week, my SAGACITY was stretched beyond the limits of late. As a substitute teacher, I am never quite sure what to expect. On one particular, day mathematics and literacy vocabulary did not bring FELICITY to the junior high students in my study hall. One student’s paper seemed to be EVANESCENT because he was certain he just had it. He then began to UPBRAID me for taking his assignment!

Trying to help another student solve properties in math, I realized a WILY student sitting next to him was copying the answers. This really did the copy cat no good because the students were expected to work out the equation in the space provided on the worksheet. Unfortunately, the answer key was minimal assistance to me as well, because it did not show how to set up the problem. One AUDACIOUS student, who had his math figured out and completed, said, “You mean you’re the teacher, and you don’t know how to do this?!” Being smarter than the teacher was most assuredly the highlight of his day.

This class period may not have been one worthy of ECLAT for me, but that’s okay. I am not a substitute teacher for brilliant success, fame, glory or applause. I am a substitute teacher because I enjoy the ALACRITY of the kids. Sometimes as adults and the many responsibilities, we lose our zeal and eagerness. We can become dull, tired and void of much liveliness. Is that the kind of life God wants for was? Absolutely not!!

As a Christian:
I have been redeemed and forgiven. (Colossians 1:13-14)
I have been adopted as God’s child. (Ephesians 1:5)
I cannot be separated from the love of God. (Romans 8:35-39)
I may approach God with freedom and confidence. (Ephesians 3:12)
I am God’s workmanship. (Ephesians 2:10)
I am complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10)
I should “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18

These are only a few reasons why we should get rid of the doldrums and let ALACRITY permeate and radiate through us.

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*How many of the 8th grade vocabulary words did you know? Would you have aced the definition quiz?

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Paint and a Bit of Fabric

It’s time for another show and tell.

Have you had an item that showed scars from wear and tear? What did you do with it; throw it out? I have had a couple folding chairs hiding in the closet. They were actually received as a wedding gift and have been used A-Lot. It got to the point that the years of use had scarred them so much, that I didn’t even get them out to use anymore. I didn’t want to throw them away though because structurally they were in great shape. It is amazing what a can of spray paint and a bit of fabric can do.

Sorry, I forgot to take a before picture, but I have pics of the process and completion.

I saw this bright, fun fabric and couldn’t resist.  These colors don’t go with my house decor at all, but they will be a bright spot on my patio when I have guests and need extra seating.DSC01747

The first thing I did was take the seat off. Then I took the frame outside and gave it a good coat of paint. Have you seen all the fun colors of spray paint? I chose watermelon pink and key lime for my two chairs. These were colors I pulled from the fabric print.DSC01741

While the chairs dried, I recovered the seats. I ran a bead of hot glue along the edges to hold the fabric tight and in place. Then I turned the edges under and stapled in place. The rounded corners were a little tricky, but I just made a couple tucks.DSC01743

By the time I finished the seats, the paint was dry and ready to reassemble. This was one of the quickest makeovers I’ve done, and I am so very glad I didn’t discard those old folding chairs.DSC01750

Sometimes I feel old and worn out, but I am so thankful my family doesn’t stick me in the closet. I am also thankful that no matter what my age or physical condition, the Master Creator is not finished with me yet. He renews my spirit and continues to transform me. I am reminded of the the little song He’s Still Working on Me; the chorus says:

He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me

Yes, God is most definitely still workin’ on me!

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

 

Rewind or Pause?

If given a choice, would you choose a rewind button or a pause button for your life? Wouldn’t that be a luxury to be able to rewind and have a do-over, or pause and enjoy the moment a while longer?

Pondering rewind or pause, I initially thought I would choose a pause button because life seems pretty good right now.

  • I have some great relationships with friends and family.
  • Although my body is aging, I am healthy.
  • I have a husband that loves me.
  • I have a job that I enjoy.
  • I am being challenged in my relationship with God.

On the other hand, a rewind button might be best because there have been times I wished I could back up and try again.

  • when hurtful words came out of my mouth
  • when I didn’t take the time to be the friend someone needed
  • when I was so self-absorbed in my own hurt and disappointment that I didn’t notice how it was affecting those around me
  • when I was too busy to read one more book to my pleading child, or pick up the phone just to say “I’m thinking of you and praying for you today.”
  • when I tried to do things my way instead of listening to God’s leading
  • when I didn’t share the saving grace of Jesus with one who was drowning in sin and darkness

In reality, I know I can neither pause nor rewind my life. However, I CAN learn from my mistakes and be grateful for abundant blessings.

 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14 NLT

Leave me your comment: Would you choose a rewind or pause button?

 

Grin and Bear It

One day, not so long ago, I had one of those kind of days. I had my schedule in mind and the tasks I hoped to accomplish only to have the entire day changed. For some reason, on that particular day, the switch came like a curve ball. Can any of you relate? How did you react? Did you get upset and let everyone know; or did you take it all in stride and go with the flow?

Being a farm girl all my life, I should be used to this sort of unexpected schedule alteration. Working with animals or machinery, you never know when a critter is going to get out or when a truck or tractor will break down. In this most recent situation, I knew there was nothing I could do about it, so I figured I had better just grin and bear it. So that is exactly what I did.

As the evening began to wind down, I was reflecting on the day. Although it was not how I originally planned and most of my to-do list was unmarked, the day had been pretty good. Then I felt the Lord saying, “I didn’t want you to just grin and bear it. I wanted you to give me your all – 100%. I wanted you to do it for me!” I wanted to argue and say “But God, I did the best I could under the circumstances.” However, I remembered the few comments I made, and the disgruntled thoughts that kept running through my head. No, I hadn’t given 100%. I allowed those thoughts to rob me of some of the joy God had planned in that little switcheroo.

When I was praying in the early morning asking God to bless the day, He already knew His plans were not my plans. He knew what was ahead. He did bless the day, and He helped me adjust to the changes. I, on the other hand, let my stubbornness get in the way. Maybe it was not visible on the outside, but I sure knew it on the inside. I was like the little girl who was told to sit down but didn’t want to. When she finally complied and sat she said, “I may be sitting on the outside, but on the inside I’m still standing up!” God didn’t want me to just go through the motions, to grin and bear it; He wanted me to do it for HIS glory.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it ALL for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31